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ORGANIZATION: Ozarks Literacy Council

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 40 people are interested

Opportunities abound at the Ozarks Literacy Council for reading to children during the school year. For example, OLC volunteer readers go to Springfield public school preschool classrooms four times during the school year. Each visit includes reading a preselected book and an activity; each child brings home a book. In the 2023-24 school year, that will read with up to 78 classrooms.

Each location has a protocol to follow. You will need a photo I.D. to enter.

We are signing up volunteers for the 2023-24 school year.

Readings take approx 30 min, and specific days and times are decided between the teacher and the volunteer.

September, It's Apple Picking Day
November, The Night Before Thanksgiving
February, The Biggest Snowman Ever
April-May, On the First Day of Kindergarten

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About Ozarks Literacy Council


397 E. Central St, Springfield, MO 65802, US

Mission Statement

Mission: Ozarks Literacy Council seeks to raise awareness and promote literacy through free services to adults and children in Southwest Missouri.

We believe in Opening minds; Lifting lives; and Creating a more literate community.


Ozarks Literacy Council, founded November 1968, is based upon the idea of one-on-one tutoring to help adults read and write, improve math skills, and prepare for the High School Equivelency. Basic Literacy remains the cornerstone of our organization. We also tutor children.

In the last few years, OLC has expanded services to include children. Last year OLC served over 7,000 children.

Children's Programs Include:

Pre-Literacy Program serves Special Needs & Title One Preschools classrooms whose students receive the benefits of volunteers who read books and present activities in the classes.

Books Come Alive where readers make book topics come to life for children.

Reading Advocacy is where reading is learned by reading (OLC readers read at the Boys & Girls Club Summer Program, Head Starts and community fairs). OLC has also provided curriculum to Springfield Little Theatre's Literature to Life project for the past five years.

These are a sampling of what we do at Ozarks Literacy Council. All our services to learners are free of charge.

Ozarks Literacy Council is a United Way Agency.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


397 East Central StreetLower level, Midtown Carnegie LibrarySpringfield, MO 65802



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Development
  • Special Needs


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Each classroom visit takes 30 minutes to one hour four visits during the school year
  • Patience and willingness to interact with fantastic four-year-olds, read a book, and conduct an educational activity. OLC provides everything you need. Missouri ID or drivers license is required

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